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Lynchian Existential Horror,
This review is from: In the Night Garden: Hello Everybody! Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Each episode begins with the same harrowing sequence - a misshapen humanoid creature (Iggle Piggle) falls asleep in a small unmoored boat which, as he slumbers, drifts out into the black night sea. What follows this opening can then be interpreted (the protagonist obviously having drowned) as being his ongoing experiences in a kind of nightmarish afterlife in which a bloated, tumour-ridden dwarf endlessly pushes a child's tricycle around a forest uttering nothing but his own name, over and over again.
The outskirts of this hellish glade are populated by enormous, leering entities taller than trees. They billow silently with unmoving smiles, their implicit threat reminiscent of Rover from the 1960s series The Prisoner (and presumably employed in a similar role, though Mr Piggle to date has lacked the guile to attempt escape).
Other notable cast members include two large families of tiny dutchmen. Perhaps representative simply of historical Dutch colonialism, they may also be interpreted as (due to the number of children in each) a Catholic community banished to this leafy netherworld as victims of the Dutch Protestant revolt in the late 16th century. Either way their significance in terms of the wider narrative is ambiguous at best.
All of this is narrated in jolly-dentist-experimenting-with-his-own-drugs-before-operating style by the Christopher Walken of childrens television, Derek Jacobi.
In conclusion, each episode confronts the viewer with a succession of terrifying, loosely related vignettes featuring the souls of these insane, gibbering malformities and their repeated failure to find peace or meaning as they shuffle ceaselessly through the surreal overbright woodland of the underworld.